Saturday, August 31, 2013

One Night with the Laird by Nicola Cornick + Featured Freebie

One Night with the Laird (Scottish Brides, #2)
Release date: October 29, 2013
Publisher: Harlequin
Genre: Historical (Regency) Romance
Series: Scottish Brides #2

A wicked attraction!

Fashionable society widow Lady Mairi MacLeod cannot understand the dark passion that binds her to Jack Rutherford. He is everything she dislikes in a man, rakish, arrogant and charming, and she would prefer to forget the night of wicked passion that she spent in his arms.

But when Mairi is threatened by a blackmailer, Jack is the only man who can protect her. As they work together to uncover where the danger lies, their passion reignites. Little by little, the masks they wear burn away, and their most private secrets come to light...

Scottish Brides - Where Regency elegance meets Highland passion!



My Rating: 5 Roses

A perfect blend of Highlander passion and Regency glamour, this book was a lovely read. The romance, the thrills, the mystery of who was threatening Mairi, it was all wonderful. Loved this romance!

Mairi was a strong heroine. Her past is shaded by the scandal of her first husband, whose secret she still keeps. And that has made her wary of putting in trust in someone, let alone falling in love. I really liked her. She wasn't the type to let anyone take her down and no threats were going to change that. But, it was also nice that she wasn't too proud to accept help when she new she needed it. But, she didn't have to like it. I thought she was great and a very likable character.

Jack is also haunted by his past. Because of the circumstances of his mother and sister's death, he feels that it was his fault and refuses to love again because he had failed those he loved before (in his way of thinking). No matter how much of a mask he wears to make himself seem selfish and unloving, however, it was clear that he was a good man. He was sweet and, even as he denied it, noble and honorable. I thought he was a fantastic hero and I adored him.

The romance was lovely, even though I wanted to just shove these two together and force them to admit their feelings. When you have two people who are reluctant to fall in love and get married, it makes for some frustration with their stubbornness. But, despite their hesitance, the romance still developed very well and it was clear that, even though they didn't want to admit it, that they had fallen for each other. And, the chemistry between them was on fire. Talk about some serious sparks!

The plot was fast paced and I was hooked the entire way through. The mystery of who was blackmailing Mairi had me riveted and I wasn't able to even guess who it, until a couple of pages before the reveal when I started to get suspicious. It was still a huge surprise, especially given the full story of what he did. And the ending was absolutely lovely.

One Night with the Laird was a wonderful historical romance. It was a perfect romance read. Lovers of the genre, this is a book that you don't want to miss.

*Thanks to Netgalley and Harlequin for a copy!
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The Earl of Pensby lost his wife in a fire, one that left him scarred in more ways than one. He’s surly, brooding, and according to half the ton, a monster. Except to Agatha Trumwell, she sees so much more than his scars. But with a pitiful dowry, unfavorable looks, and a tendency to speak her mind, she has nothing to commend her, or so she believes. 

Can these two lonely souls find love amid the gossiping beau monde while someone plots to tear their fragile world apart?



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